1
Oct

Pitch invader scores Ronaldinho’s signature

imageIn what we must consider the golden age of pitch invaders, it is no longer enough to run aimlessly around the field to draw a laugh from the crowd or earn your 10 seconds of fame. There needs to be an actual purpose now.

This summer proved as much, as dozens of daredevil fans started taking selfies with players - to much success, too - an important milestone for pitch invaders all over the world.

Now, one fan in Mexico has taken it to yet another level. In the second half of Queretaro’s match at Atlas, a young man in a Brazil shirt sprinted onto the field with just one goal in mind: get Ronaldinho’s signature.

And sure enough, he did. Wait for the replay at the :45 second mark to see Dinho give the fan his John Hancock:

H/T Bleacher Report

Image provided by Mexsport

23
Sep

Some Americans still can’t recognize USA captain Clint Dempsey

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Every four years, the interest in the Beautiful Game grows exponentially across our great country for the World Cup. This summer, more Americans than ever before gathered at public viewing parties or skipped work to cheer on the red, white and blue in Brazil.

So you would think that our national team’s key stars would have gained a bit more celebrity status in the process.

Wrong.

Clint Dempsey - only our national team captain who sent the entire country in a frenzy after scoring on the USA’s VERY FIRST PLAY of the World Cup - walked about New York City the other day for ESPN and asked passers-by what they thought of the national team, and, more specifically, about captain Clint Dempsey. The results will make you want to cry:

Really, guy #2?! You felt like the captain of the team should’ve been on the team? That doesn’t even make sense!

Best Saddest part of the video: Clint telling him his name at the end and he still can’t put two and two together.

H/T MLS

Image provided by Getty.

23
Sep

FIFA 15 delivers new layers of realism to the beautiful game

EA Sports’ FIFA 15 for XBOX One and Playstation 4 brings a new dimension of realism to the beautiful game. Electronic Arts pulled out all the stops to make this year’s game one to remember.

First thing’s first: The visuals on the new consoles are stunning. Getting into a match is breathtaking, beginning with an aerial view of the host stadium before taking the user to pitch level with the fans chanting and players coming out of the tunnel. During the match, as play goes on, footprints appear on the grass where players have been stepping, just another sense of realism brought in by EA. The corner flags are now part of the game play too, bending down as players run into them.

Gone is the slow game play of its predecessor FIFA 14. FIFA 15 bring a lot more pace to the game, enabling you to hit your opponent with a swift counter-attack or rush back to make a last-ditch clearance off of your opponent’s feet.

Passing is much quicker this year around. As quickly as you can counter attack, build-up play is just as similar. Ping-pong passing up the pitch is still doable, but the faster the ball glides up the pitch, the harder it is to control.

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Long balls cannot just be heaved up-field and expected to conveniently fall to a player’s feet. Accuracy is paramount with the right amount of power behind the pass to ensure your striker can bring it down in his stride.

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19
Sep

Hustle and flow: Clint Dempsey rapping at a FIFA 15 release party

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(Image: USA Today)

Clint Dempsey is a man of many talents, which is what one would expect from the captain of the USMNT. One of his lesser-known talents, though, is that he can spit hot fire on the mic.

Dempsey, a.k.a. “Deuce” in the rapping world, took to the stage at a FIFA 15 release party to drop a verse from “Hot Fire,” a track he collaborates with fellow Houston rapper “XO” on.

Deuce starts going on at about the 1:10 mark of the video, and we have to say: We were actually pretty impressed with his chops. What do you think?

(h/t Pies)

10
Sep

Lionel Messi’s hometown bans parents from naming newborns ‘Messi’

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You probably haven’t heard of Hector Varela but he is the proud father of Messi. Not Lionel Messi, but Messi Daniel Varela. Hector needed two weeks to get special permission from the authorities in the south Argentinian region of Rio Grande (Patagonia) to name his son after the Barcelona maestro. 

That news has prompted Rosario, the hometown of the original Messi, to ban the use of Lionel’s surname as a first name because it would be too confusing.

The director of the Civil Register of the Santa Fe province, Gonzalo Carrillo, insists naming a new-born son Messi is “against the law” although he accepts the Messi Daniel Varela case may upset his plans.

However, proud father Hector is delighted that he got through the red tape. He told Mundo Deportivo: “I am Messi’s father. Many people chose Lionel as a name for their sons after Messi, but this is more obvious.”

Another Messi is born, but how many more will follow?

Image used from Getty.

(H/T Deadspin)

4
Sep

Young fan thinks he can win the Champions League with Leeds United

Seven-year-old Zack Webb thinks pretty highly of his managerial skills. He may well be the next Jose Mourinho or Josep Guardiola, but for now, he’s just a young boy with big dreams.

Unless Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino decides to take him up on his offer:

It has been a decade since Leeds United have been in top flight football. At this point, might as well give the little fella a shot, right?

(H/T Deadspin)

3
Sep

Neymar shows off a mesmerizing bit of skill at Brazil training

The World Cup — and particularly that little 7-1 defeat at the hands of eventual champs Germany — certainly was a forgettable tournament for the Brazilian national team.

We wouldn’t blame the Brazilians if they still felt a bit of an emotional hangover from the letdown ahead of their friendly on Friday against Colombia.

It looks like they’re in good spirits, though. And how couldn’t they be with Neymar (perhaps the one Brazilian who had a commendable World Cup), showing off his deft footwork in training.

The craziest bit happens at about the 13-second mark. That’s the type of handling we couldn’t even accomplish in a video game.

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We’re just glad Neymar is happy again.

(h/t 101GG, Image: Getty)

28
Aug

Legia Warsaw fans fire back at UEFA with amazing tifo over Champions League ruling

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After having its UEFA Champions League qualification tossed out on a pretty bogus technicality, Legia Warsaw were steaming mad.

To recap, Legia Warsaw blasted Celtic in their Champions League playoff to the tune of a 6-1 aggregate win, but the Polish side were deemed to have fielded an ineligible player late in their second-leg win. As a result, Celtic were reinstated, and Legia Warsaw were dropped to the Europa League.

To make matters worse, Celtic did absolutely nothing with the extra chance they were given at Champions League glory, losing to Slovenian side Maribor in their playoff earlier this week.

So, yeah, Legia Warsaw’s fans were none too pleased with UEFA. Luckily, they channeled their frustration into creativity and put together an amazing tifo. Ahead of Legia Warsaw’s Europa League playoff match against Aktobe, they busted out this:

The tifo meet all the requirements needed to send a message to UEFA: A gigantic, greedy pig holding a “6<1” sign with a caption of “Because football doesn’t matter, money does” with the backdrop of the UEFA logo?

Message received.

(h/t 101GG)

27
Aug

Cosmin Moti: The Champions League’s newest sensation

Merely an afterthought at the beginning of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League shuffle, Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Steaua Bucuresti wound up turning into a true thriller.

The drama really kicked off when Ludogorets scored just before Spanish referee Alberto Undiano blew for full time, sending the contest into extra-time. With an apparent affinity for heightening drama toward the end of a period, Ludogorets then had their keeper, Vladisov Stoyanov, sent off with a red card.

Out of substitutions and with a penalty shootout looming, the team turned to central defender Cosmin Moti to save the day. And boy, did he:

Moti donned backup keeper Ivan Civorovic’s keeper shirt, but it may as well have been a cape. Not only did Moti step up to take his side’s first kick of the penalty shootout (with his goalie gloves on!), he drilled it past his counterpart.

Then, the new Champions League star went on to save not just one, but two Steaua penalties to seal the win. Moti’s heroics earned lowly Ludogorets their first-ever berth in the Champions League group stage.

Here’s to hoping Moti and his scrappy side keep the hits coming against some other big boys.